Why Protective Styling Is Just Not for Me

I love my hair. Like for real. I love my teeny weeny ass afro. I love putting my hands in it. I love it when it frizzes. Unlike many new naturals, I don’t dread wash day. It’s my favorite day of the week because it’s like i have all new hair to experiment with. My natural hair is different every single day and I love that.


For this reason, protective styling is just not for me. I simply cannot do it. I’ve tried. I’ve tried the little mini twists: cute but after a day I wanted to break free. I’ve tried the wigs with braided hair underneath and basically all other low manipulation styles possible for my short hair. But it just wasn’t for me.

Many Naturalistas preach that Protective Styling is necessary in order to obtain that ever elusive bra strength length hair. So mann natural women swear by their protective styling methods. And good for them! I wish I had that kind of patience and control. BUT I don’t. I cant. I don’t have the patience. So maybe my hair will never reach impressive lengths but I’m okay with that because right now I’m loving my hair just as it is.